Jordan Spieth is making his ninth look within the Charles Schwab Challenge. He’s gained as soon as (2016), by no means missed the minimize and solely thrice in 32 earlier rounds shot over par.
Meanwhile, he’s shot 65 on seven events and 64 as soon as. And, now, he has a 63 to his credit score.
Spieth made seven birdies and no bogeys on Thursday at par-70 Colonial Country Club to take the early lead in Ft. Worth, Texas.
“Yeah, it’s hard to go any lower,” he mentioned after his spherical. “Made some putts, got started on the first hole today, that one goes in, and that’s what I talked about before the tournament. If I could get a couple to go in early in the first round and the confidence and the work I’ve been doing on my stroke the last few days, which is a somewhat significant change in a stroke feel, I thought that would exude just a little bit of confidence into the rest of the round on greens where I’ve been very successful on before.”
Beginning on the par-4 10th, Spieth rolled in a 12-footer for birdie after which went to 2 beneath with a 10-footer at the 12th. Overall, he made 102 toes price of putts within the opening spherical, none of which occurred on the par-3 eighth, his seventeenth, the place he chipped in for birdie.
Spieth is coming off a tie for 30th at the PGA Championship, the place he was close to the underside of the sphere, amongst those that made the minimize, in strokes gained: putting.
While he didn’t take a deep dive into the adjustments he and coach Cameron McCormick made, Spieth did supply up that the 2 labored on his “stroke feel.”
“I just needed to do a bit of adjustment in my stroke feel on some bad tendencies I got into. Cameron did some really good research with some of the devices he has to do that with, some of the technology, and was able to really pinpoint a way to get a stroke feel that left me just a little more comfortable over it, to feel like I could flush it through,” Spieth mentioned.
“I was maybe a foot short on speed the last couple weeks on a lot of putts and hit a lot of lips because of that, and it wasn’t just adjusting to speed, a lot of that was in the actual stroke confidence. It was closer today.”
Spieth was +4.307 in strokes gained: putting in Round 1 at Colonial, second among the many early wave and first on the leaderboard.